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Public Service Announcement: SEMCO Offers Ways to Cope With Colder Winter

PORT HURON, Mich., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY's phone lines have been busy with customers inquiring about higher heating bills. The plain truth is, it's colder this winter than last winter, which was the ninth warmest in the USA since record keeping began in 1895, according to The Weather Channel.

Last winter was the warmest on record for the Northeast. Despite increases, forecasters of energy prices do not expect costs to come close to the winter of 2000-01, when costs rose to the highest in more than a decade.

SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY reminds customers who are concerned about rising heating bills to contact the Company for information about programs designed to ease the strain on family budgets. Customers are asked to contact the company well before bills mount up or gas is subject to shut off to make payment arrangements. As always, other programs for medical emergencies and even crisis intervention, through family independence agencies, are available.

Customers can conserve energy by installing additional attic insulation, if affordable, closing off rooms not in use, dialing thermostats down to at least 65 at night, and by replacing or installing caulk or weather stripping in openings to the outside air.

SEMCO ENERGY GAS COMPANY is a division of SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. (NYSE: SEN). SEMCO ENERGY, Inc. is a diversified energy and infrastructure company that distributes natural gas to more than 377,000 customers in Michigan and Alaska. It also owns and operates businesses involved in natural gas pipeline construction services, propane distribution, intrastate pipelines and natural gas storage in various regions of the United States. In addition, it provides information technology and outsourcing services, specializing in the mid-range computer market.

SOURCE SEMCO ENERGY, Inc.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SEMCO Energy's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.

 
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